The Seña 2005 has a deep, violet-ruby color. The different grape varieties in the final blend contribute intense, highly complex aromas of fresh fruit, blueberries, raspberries, and elegant notes of tobacco, cocoa, and black pepper. The palate shows very good structure with superior acidity that adds a juicy freshness and helps to form a rich, elegant texture. Subtle hints of chocolate, cinnamon, and vanilla linger on the long finish. Delightful today, the wine will improve over the next few years. Decanting is suggested.
Food Match: roasts, red meat, grilled meats, game, duck, beef.
"The 2005 Sena, from an outstanding vintage, is composed of 57% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot, 9% Carmenere, 6% Cabernet Franc, and 3% Petit Verdot. The wine spent 18 months in 100% new French oak. Purple-colored, it offers up an alluring bouquet of pain grille, espresso, spice box, black currant, and blackberry. Layered, ripe, and intensely flavored, its elegant personality is reminiscent of a top-level St.-Julien from a quality vintage. The flavors already reveal considerably complexity and the tannic structure suggests that Sena will have a lengthy upward trajectory. It should reach its peak by 2015 and remain at that level through 2035.
Sena is one of Chile’s icon wines and deservedly so. Vina Sena was originally a partnership between Eduardo Chadwick and Robert Mondavi but since the demise of the Mondavi empire, Sena has been going it alone. The fruit is entirely sourced from the Sena Hillside Vineyard which is biodynamically farmed."
The Wine Advocate
"Arguably the best Seña to date. This blend of Cabernet, Merlot, Carmenère, Cab Franc and Petit Verdot opens with a mix of perfume, spice and prickle along with raspberry. The palate is flush and flashy, with a complex blend of strawberry, raspberry, vanilla, cinnamon and tobacco flavors. Smooth as a glass table, and slightly creamy. Excellent Chilean wine to drink now through 2010. "
"Ruby hue. Quite brambly, fresh, direct aromas of red berries and moist herbs. Integrated flavors of cherry, raspberry, earth and cinnamon are much more polished than the nose. Sweetens up in the close."
The Wine News